Canada’s Centre for Digital and Media Literacy conducted a study on children’s attitudes to internet use. What they found is that children recognize that they are monitored and limited in their online behavior.
The study is titled “Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Talking to Youth and Parents about Life Online” and can be downloaded here: link.
An excerpt from the Executive Summary:
Our findings indicate that there is already a solid basis upon which to build. In spite of widespread concerns on the part of adults, the young people we spoke with were aware of online risks, largely self-regulated their own behaviours to avoid and manage those risks, and consistently demonstrated resiliency and competence in their responses to those risks. They actively sought out parental guidance when needed, and indicated a desire to work with adults when online conflicts or concerns arose.
Download the study here: link